‘Family Guy’ has been on our airwaves since the late 90’s, yet it was only when I was in high school when it really came on my radar.
At first I thought it was the greatest thing I’d ever seen, but then after a while the endless, predictable flashbacks with little to no relevance to the story became pretty tiresome.
(Coincidentally, I lost interest in Family Guy when I started getting into South Park, which is objectively far superior.)
Still, Peter Griffin and co. continued to make fun of people, and most people couldn’t have cared less.
Until they went for the President…
In its latest episode, titled ‘Trump Guy’, absolutely everyone around Trump – including the man himself – are dragged, including Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner and Senate minority leader Mitch McDonnel.
The plot essentially see Peter hired as Trump’s press secretary in Washington, which is pretty much where it all starts to go downhill.
After bumping into Ivanka at a White House dinner, Peter’s daughter Meg is introduced to the President, who is shown groping her in the Oval Office.
The incident is an apparent reference to the infamous 2005 Access Hollywood tape, a secret recording in which Trump was heard saying he liked to ‘grab women by the p****y’.
When Meg shares the assault with her mum, she responds with doubt:
“Meg, you expect us to believe that the president of the United States would grab a woman by her [beeped word]? That’s ridiculous.”
Executive producer Rich Appel told Entertainment Weekly of the reasoning behind the story line: “The only point in using Meg was to show that men like Trump can attempt to prey on vulnerable people.
“It’s clearly offensive and gross and not appropriate. But not only didn’t we not want to show it, we don’t want to be too explicit about exactly what happened.
“We wanted to touch on this aspect of Trump’s public face, without putting Meg in too compromised a position.”
The episode proved controversial on social media, although some viewers loved it, even going as far to call it “the best episode ever.”
Others, however, slammed its representation of Trump:
Each to their own, I guess…
Aaaaaaaand in other Family Guy news, it seems the show’s creators are moving away from some of its more controversial jokes, specifically those mocking the LGBT community.
Speaking to TV Line, executive producer Alec Sulkin said:
“If you look at a show from 2005 or 2006 and put it side by side with a show from 2018 or 2019, they’re going to have a few differences.
“Some of the things we felt comfortable saying and joking about back then, we now understand is not acceptable.”
Rich Appel added:
“If a show has literally been on the air for 20 years, the culture changes. And it’s not us reacting and thinking, ‘They won’t let us [say certain things].’ No, we’ve changed too.
“The climate is different, the culture is different and our views are different. They’ve been shaped by the reality around us, so I think the show has to shift and evolve in a lot of different ways.”
To me, this all just seems like a bit of a desperate attempt to stay relevant.
Watch South Park instead.
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